Liv Williamson, a coral researcher at UM Rosenstiel School, plants a staghorn coral during a Rescue a Reef dive off Key Biscayne on Wednesday November 20, 2019. Evan D'Alessandro EVAN D'ALESSANDRO/UM

Can lab-raised baby corals save Florida reefs from climate change? UM scientists lead effort

A few days after a full moon on a sultry summer evening, a light current and sea water temperature of about 85 degrees created the perfect conditions for coral sex in the Florida Keys.

Orbicella Faveolata, or mountainous star corals, were getting it on at Horseshoe Reef and Elbow Reef off Key Largo, releasing their reproductive cells in the water during an annual spawning event that lasted only a couple of days.

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